The hallmark of the Legacy
of Letters Tour is solid scholarship with careful attention to the needs and
interests of participants. Scholar/guide Professor Michael Twyman,
recently retired chair of the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at
Reading University in England has led student tours to Italy for more than 30 years,
focusing on inscriptions, lettering, art and architecture. Tour organizers Garrett Boge and Paul Shaw bring their research and historical design
experience to the program. An alumni of more than 50 past participants spans the
professional gamut of educators, practicing designers, stonecutters, architects,
calligraphers, librarians and book artists.
In the words of past participant Stephen Garrett,
former director of the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California:
"The Legacy of Letters tour was uniquely
wonderful. I found it extraordinarily rewarding to view Western civilization through the
key-hole of inscriptions -- down on one's knees examining the details of a carved serif
one minute and getting through a secret vestry door to view a very special tomb the next.
For me there isn't anything more thrilling than being in the company of enthusiasts such
as Michael Twyman and Messers Boge and Shaw. In short, the tour was both deadly serious
and tremendous fun."
Please explore the information and photos
and feel free to email us with questions.
We'd love to have you aboard!